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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #25 on: March 15, 2021, 08:10:20 pm »
Many thanks Frog2. If this post has an avatar thingy, it'll have worked.

This is just a picture of yours truly looking especially handsome (?) after a 4 hour sump facial in the Dales

my main surprise is that that doesn't appear to be Malham?!
All views are my own and not that of the BCA or any clubs for which I'm a member of.

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #26 on: March 15, 2021, 08:30:14 pm »
Sore subject; this winter's Malham season has been completely wiped out by the obvious circumstances.

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #27 on: March 15, 2021, 08:34:24 pm »
I tried to upload an avatar of me looking dashingly handsome, in the teeth of a gale. Instead it came out as a picture of some old bloke. :(   ;D
« Last Edit: March 15, 2021, 08:53:39 pm by shotlighter »

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2021, 12:35:18 pm »
My avatar picture was taken by my Russian mate (Professor) Ilya Kuprov as I was just about to descend the first pitch of the Croesor - Rhosydd through trip, back in 2008.

The trip was a relative disaster and resulted in a rescue of half the group. I shan't go into too much detail, but suffice to say the problems would have been avoided if the trip leader had (a) known where the exit was. Or (b) accepted that he couldn't find the exit and agree to turn back before it was too late and half the group were cold and exhausted. As it was, two of us (myself and Ilya) returned the way we had come, to get one of the guys from the hut to come and collect the others from a prominent point "very close" to the exit. Unfortunately, when we got out it was dark, thick fog and everyone at the hut was totally pissed and our only option to avoid a mountain rescue as well was to call for assistance. I joined the rescue team to collect the stranded guys and everyone got out under their own steam, with a dose of energy gel and some spare batteries.

After the trip, the "leader" admitted that he was relying on someone else to navigate. When that person decided to go fell running instead of caving at the last minute, the "leader" was too embarrassed to say he didn't know the way and carried on anyway hoping to recognise the exit when he got there. The icing on the cake was when he said it was always going to have resulted in a rescue as he had no idea of the way back across the hill even if we had got out!  :o

The whole debacle was incredibly embarrassing and needless to say stories started circulating online; after a tip off, I was compelled to sign up to AditNow to explain what had actually happened and to take responsibility for my own decisions and actions. At the time, I used my most recent underground picture as my Avatar on AN and it has since become my avatar everywhere else online.

I am still friends with the trip "leader", but I have never been underground with him since. I would like to think I am also a little more wise now and always make sure I know where I am going, even if someone else has been before and is "leading" the trip. :)

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #29 on: March 16, 2021, 06:12:11 pm »

I struggle to find photos of myself, i'm normally behind the camera.....

But i like this one - taken in the far reaches of Cueva del Gandara in Cantabria, Spain on a three day camping trip with great company, back in the days when we could......

It was a great trip, we struggled in with huge bags, saw some amazing bits of passage, and were rudely awoken from our slumbers by a dozen of the Wessex CC enjoying a 10km through trip in the system. 

Happy days ;-)




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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #30 on: March 16, 2021, 07:52:53 pm »
I'm loving all these entries, please keep them coming  :hug:

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #31 on: March 16, 2021, 07:59:08 pm »
My avatar is not directly cave-related, although it is limestone (from that mega-caving area, Portland).

It's loosely inspired by the Lewis chess men and reflects my other limestone-related hobby, stone-carving.
Not exactly a self-portrait, but I'm rather fond of the little fella.

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #32 on: March 16, 2021, 08:15:22 pm »
My avatar photo was taken not far in to the Pene Blanque entrance in the Reseau Felix Trombe system. This was one of the many scout trips we made before committing to the massive 14 hour through trip.  This picture I believe was actually a self portrait the and long exposure timer and quickly got into position for the long exposure shot, being careful not to bang my head of course. Zoomed in you can see my usual problem of just not being able to stay as still as the Victorians could!

I chose it simply because it reminds me of the fun times on that trip and I thought I kind of looked cool, it's well out of date now though.

Anything I say is represents my own opinion and not that of a any club/organisation that I am a member of (unless its good of course)

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #33 on: March 16, 2021, 09:57:42 pm »
My avatar is the peehole near Great Relief Passage in Giants. That's better ;)

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #34 on: March 16, 2021, 10:13:44 pm »
OK, I'll play and finally add an avatar picture...
The piccie is from a couple of years or so ago while ago when experimenting with real Super8 film as opposed to digital stuff in Goatchurch.  Obviously in the monster get up you can't see what you're doing which makes it much more fun...  Props courtesy of eBay, Tesco, and a local charity shop.
Super 8 film is a fantastic way to extend faffing about times, has a wonderfully low ISO so great (not) for dark dank caves, is quite grainy, lasts just over 3 minutes a reel, and a good way to empty your wallet at the same time - works out at about £20 a minute to shoot, develop and scan. They still make cine film, so don't know why it's not more popular, or why I haven't done as much cine stuff as I'd like since.   :-\


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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #35 on: March 17, 2021, 12:36:17 am »
How can the unlucky non-winners get copies of this book?

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #36 on: March 17, 2021, 09:43:49 am »
How can the unlucky non-winners get copies of this book?

I'll find out if you enter  ;D ;D


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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #37 on: March 17, 2021, 01:21:38 pm »
Here is my latest avatar:

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #38 on: March 17, 2021, 04:18:54 pm »
My avatar picture was taken surveying a cave in China with a rather impressive 250 m entrance shaft, which features in the video below (at 2:02 - note the inspired commentary by Pegasus). I seem to remember there was a flash gun shoved into the waistband of my trousers because the photographer couldn't find a suitable location on the ground!

About 5 minutes after the photo was taken we returned to the bottom of the entrance shaft to find that a red panda had unfortunately taken the quick way down.


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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #39 on: March 17, 2021, 05:04:20 pm »
My avatar picture was taken surveying a cave in China with a rather impressive 250 m entrance shaft, which features in the video below (at 2:02 - note the inspired commentary by Pegasus). I seem to remember there was a flash gun shoved into the waistband of my trousers because the photographer couldn't find a suitable location on the ground!

About 5 minutes after the photo was taken we returned to the bottom of the entrance shaft to find that a red panda had unfortunately taken the quick way down.



So love this film and so miss you all.  Ref the commentary - summed it up perfectly I thought  ;D

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #40 on: March 17, 2021, 05:09:35 pm »
I've been asked 'How do I add an avatar?'

Go to Profile

then Modify profile

then Forum Profile

then Upload an Avatar

Go on, have a go  ;D

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #41 on: March 17, 2021, 11:00:28 pm »
The avatar I have chosen is a sculpture by a pupil of Rodin's, who went by the pseudonym of Jean-Jacques Souterrain. As his name suggests, he was a keen speleo. Rodin's sculpture inspired him to produce the one I've shown.

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #42 on: March 18, 2021, 11:18:37 am »
How can the unlucky non-winners get copies of this book?

I'll find out if you enter  ;D ;D

Thanks for entering, Joe - had hoped a few more folks would do the same.

Hopefully this link will shed some light on how you buy a copy of this lovely book:

https://zalozba.zrc-sazu.si/en/strani/ordering-information#v

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #43 on: March 18, 2021, 03:35:11 pm »
Mine is the result of a lot of piddling about with manual lenses and trying to stand very still on a purely photographic trip to Penarth mine with several other like minded idiots that like cameras and dark stuff.
Permission? Wassat den?

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #44 on: March 18, 2021, 08:48:54 pm »
I disable avatars so it looks a more work related forum, not that the big bank of smileys is work related and who is looking now we're all working at home!

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #45 on: March 19, 2021, 11:52:43 am »
My pic is the giant stal in Pol-an-ionion. Back in the '70s (pre show cave) on a trip by T.S.G. I decided to definitively measure this giant stal (using clino and tape) so Gussie O'Conner at the pub could tell folk the actual size.
 I don't remember the actual result but its all written up in the club log book for that period.
 Since then the cave has been enlarged to enable conversion to a show cave and the stal has been laser measured to within a few cm. of my calculation.
I still have the booklet of school trig tables given to me by Gussies son to do the calculation.--
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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #46 on: March 19, 2021, 02:56:11 pm »
My avatar is a drawing of me by Dominika from a trip to Peak Cavern (you can see the domeart.com logo at the bottom). It's at the Devil's Staircase (the end of the showcave), and captures me telling the freshers about the 'slide' (actually a mount for a film camera afaik). I chose it because I think it captures my likeness well, and I'm a big fan of her art.

The trip was a classic Peak Round, and Dome and a friend had joined us for artistic purposes. We were told not to wait around, so all the drawings were made on the fly, which I thought was quite impressive. It was quite a well documented trip actually, as I think this was the one where we ran into the Freems making their Peak Cavern films. As we went past a fresher tried to follow me up a muddy slope and slid bambi style back down in an excellent manner. The film crew were so pleased with this shot that they asked us if they could put it in the final film!

I think there's definitely a case for cave sketching becoming more common as it's much cheaper and less faff than photography. Only problem is that I suspect it's much harder to do decently...

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #47 on: March 19, 2021, 03:52:00 pm »
I have bowed to pressure.  Not peer pressure as such, but Pegasus pressure (nagging  ;)). 

Here is a muddy faced picture of me taken around the time of the Three Counties breakthrough.  Lancashire mud if I remember rightly.

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #48 on: March 19, 2021, 07:19:39 pm »
Hmm.. go on then.

My profile picture was taken pretty much exactly one year ago at Bull Pot Farm, just prior to heading down Lancaster Hole for a jolly along the mainstream. The face covering was partly for effect when taking the picture in very early covid times, although it was also pretty cold so actually much needed! It was definitely a strange afternoon/evening driving up the M6 and hearing on the news that the closure of all pubs etc started that night, we made sure to exit in good enough time for pub o'clock, little did we know just how long it would take before we would get chance to do it again.
Awkward, grumpy sod.

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Re: Win a copy of the excellent Karst, Caves & People!!
« Reply #49 on: March 19, 2021, 10:07:59 pm »
Hmm.. go on then.


Thank you, really is appreciated  :thumbsup: :)

 

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